2018 March

Dana speaks at the CMUThink Pittsburgh event themed around Greening the Urban Environment. This Alumni Association University event introduces CMU’s innovative research and technology that could lead to healthier cities.

2018 March

Epiphyte Lab has been recognized as the Next Progressive design practice by ARCHITECT, The Journal of American Institute of Architects. Learn more about Epiphyte Lab’s design work in the interview with Dana.

2018 March

Dana presents Senyai: Vaulted Acoustics project at the Building Behaviors panel, 106th Annual Meeting ACSA, Denver, CO.

MASS REGIMES: Geometric Actuation of Thermal Flows

| Ithaca, NY | 2013- 2014 |

| Design-Research | Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts; Berkman Development Fund CMU; Liceaga Grant CMU; Cornell University Faculty Grant |

MASS REGIMES is a research project that investigates effects of complex geometry on the process of passive heat distribution in thermal mass systems. Operating under the premise that complex geometries can be used to improve both the aesthetic and thermodynamic performance of passive heating and cooling systems, the intention is to better understand design strategies that can effectively control thermal gradient between the buildings and their environment. Using passive strategies of thermal mass and manipulation of surface geometry to volume distribution coupled with material properties the focus is on a deeper understanding of how specific morphological manipulation of mass distribution to surface area affects the rate of thermal transfer. Having calibrated data that describe the performance of such complex systems is a necessary first step in developing mathematically based design guidelines for effective use of complex material patterning in passive architectural systems.

Cambridge Journals MRS Vol. 1800
IJAC Vol. 12
TxA Emerging Design + Technology 2014

| PI & DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova | CO-PI: Shi-Chune Yao | RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Nicolas Azel | DESIGN TEAM: Max Vanatta, Sameera Razak | DATA ANALYSIS & CONSULTATION: David Bosworth & BuildLab LLC |